Chlamydia highest in young teen girls

Data from the Australian Collaboration for Chlamydia Enhanced Sentinel Surveillance (ACCESS) showed that among women, the proportion of positive chlamydia tests was highest in girls aged 12—15 years at 13%, compared with 12% in those aged 16—19, and 8—9% in women aged 20—24.

Presenting the data at the Australasian Sexual Health Conference in Darwin, Carol El-Hayek, an epidemiologist at the Burnet Institute, said 10—15 of the positive tests were from girls aged 12.